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  1. #1
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    Default Do cypress hives need paint or stain?

    I tried searching past posts and didn't have a lot of luck. Have any of you used cypress hives for a number of years without painting or staining them? I know cypress is more expensive, but if it keeps me from having to paint, it is worth it to me.

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    Default Re: Do cypress hives need paint or stain?

    Our cypress hives were first put out this spring (7 months ago) I brushed on a light coat of wood preserivative - they looked great all summer but now are dull. They may not rot but I don't like the looks.
    Charlie

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    Default Re: Do cypress hives need paint or stain?

    Looks honestly don't matter to me, as long as I don't have to paint and they don't rot.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Do cypress hives need paint or stain?

    Cypress is far more rot resistant than white pine....that is to say heartwood cypress. Sapwood of any species has no inherent rot resistance. Since almost no one grades for heartwood anymore, you are likely to see 20%+ sapwood in any lumber you buy. So unless you can pick the boards/see the hive bodies before purchase to insure they are sap free I would not pay the extra for cypress...What good is a hive body where one edge rots out 10+ years before the rest?

    Once upon a time most durable species of lumber were graded for heartwood, the trees were bigger and customers more demanding

    All that said, unpainted wood of many species will last reasonably well (in many environments) if it has good air circulation and is well off the ground.

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    Default Re: Do cypress hives need paint or stain?

    I have spoken with the owners of Rossman Apiaries,, which sells Cypress woodware,, and he says that you dont have to paint it,, but you will get a LOT more years service if you do!

    Your money,, you choose,,paint and make it last,, or not,,

    just paint it well,, that means all horizontal surfaces where water can collect,, and all exterior surfaces,,

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    Default Re: Do cypress hives need paint or stain?

    Wood does more than rot. It swells, warps and spilts when it absorbs moisture. Anything to seal out moisture will keep supers together longer. Wood also breaks down in sunlight, just not as rapidly as it swells.
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